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How do Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal evolve?

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t is the problem facing every football manager throughout the game - how do you get your team to take that next step?

It is the precise task facing Mikel Arteta as he nears the end of his second season in charge of Arsenal.

He's already arguably reached the lowest point, that came last week when he watched on as his side were dumped out of the Europa League semi-finals by Villarreal - a team led by predecessor Unai Emery no less - to all but confirm there will be no European football for the Gunners next season for the first time in 25 years.

Football news:

Fernando Santos: A well-deserved victory for Germany. Portugal was shocked to concede two goals in the second half
Moutinho on the 2:4 defeat: At times we could not cope with the superiority of Germany. Portugal did not want this result
Tottenham are Interested in ex-Barcelona coach Valverde
Sanches about 2:4 with Germany: Portugal could close the gap. We played great teams
Group of death standings: France is almost in the playoffs, Portugal needs at least a draw
Bastian Schweinsteiger: I was relieved not only because of the 3 points, but also because of the German game
Nuno Gomes: Germany played stronger and smarter than Portugal. There were problems from the first minute